WASHINGTON — Today, ITI joined more than 140 trade associations and businesses on a Supreme Court amicus brief filed in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The brief, which was organized by the Coalition for the American Dream on behalf of the business community, underscores the program’s important benefits to businesses and the U.S. economy as a whole.
“Dreamers are Americans in every way but on paper and want to continue to contribute their talent and entrepreneurial spirit to advance the U.S. economy,” said Jason Oxman, ITI President and CEO. “These young men and women are our friends, neighbors, and colleagues, and are overdue for a permanent legislative solution to ensure they can continue to contribute to our communities and the U.S. economy. Rescinding this critical program would create a harmful ripple effect across families and businesses and create further uncertainty for these individuals.”
As the brief explains, rescinding DACA would cost the U.S. national GDP between $350 and $460.3 billion. Tax revenues would be reduced by approximately $90 billion over the next decade. Further, at least 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies, including tech companies, count DACA recipients as employees.
Oral arguments for the case will be heard in the Supreme Court on November 12, 2019.